Local Navy Lt. graduates from Florida State
CENTREVILLE — Lt. Donald C. Engle of the United States Navy graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine on May 20.
Engle has selected to train as an emergency medicine physician in the Navy. He began as an intern on June 5 in Portsmouth, Va., and will complete residency training four years later. After completion of his training, he will remain on active duty in the Navy for at least four more years.
He was raised in Queen Anne’s County and graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville with the class of 1997. He began his military career by enlisting in the United States Navy as an EM3/ Nuclear Pipeline in January 1998.
Engle attended boot camp at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., and graduated in March 1998. He then attended Electrician’s Mate (NUCLEAR) A-School in Orlando, Fla., where he graduated third in a class of 50 with a GPA of 3.57.
He then was transferred to the Naval Weapons Station, Navy Nuclear Power Training School in Goose Creek, S.C., for a 24-week course. Engle graduated with a class standing of 23 of 324 overall, four of 100 in-rate, with a GPA of 3.70.
While in Nuclear Power School, Engle applied to and was accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. He arrived on June 29, 1999; his major being aerospace engineering. While attending the Naval Academy, Midshipman Engle was selected to travel to Moscow, Russia, in 2002 to participate in an economics program in People’s Friendship University of Russia.
Engle successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, graduating on May 23, 2003, and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy.
Beginning in June 2003, Ensign Engle attended Aviation Preflight Indoctrination at NAS Pensacola in Florida. He completed primar y flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the T34 aircraft. He then selected helicopters as his platform and moved back to Florida to NAS Whiting Field to learn to fly the TH57 Bell Jet Ranger helicopter.
Engle received his Wings of Gold on Feb. 25, 2005, and then was transferred to Norfolk, Va., to begin training on his fleet platform — the MH53E Sea Dragon. During his four years in Norfolk, he deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, and Pohang, Korea. Less arduous deployments included some time in the Caribbean, as well as Hawaii.
In 2009, Engle was assigned to NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., as a helicopter instructor pilot. It was during this tour that he strongly began to consider “what he really wanted to be when he grew up.” Aviation was fun, but not his calling. He applied and was admitted to the Florida State University College of Medicine and was able to secure a Navy scholarship in January 2012, but the Navy had other plans for him for that year.
Shortly thereafter, he was told he had to do one more military deployment — a year in Djibouti, Africa, after which he processed out of the Navy and moved his family to Tallahassee, Fla., to begin medical school.
Engle is married to the former Rachel Peberdy of Milton, Fla., and they have two children. His parents are Donald R. Engle of Newport News, Va., and Penny Higdon Covington of Denton. His paternal grandmother is Mary Ford Engle of Centreville, and his maternal grandparents are the late George and Emma Higdon of Queenstown.
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Lt. Donald C. Engle of the United States Navy graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine on May 20.